Why My State Adopted the Next Generation Science Standards

In the March edition of Commentaries, a publication of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State, explores the reasons why his state adopted the NGSS.

“The Washington State Board of Education adopted the NGSS, with full support from Gov. Jay Inslee and me, in October 2013. We did it because the standards will help students become literate in science. We did it because the standards are mindful of student diversity and equity. We did it because the standards are cross-disciplinary (as students learn about science they are simultaneously enhancing their reading, writing and math skills.) And we did it because it’s right for our students.”

Read the entire article here.


Next Gen Science Enters New Dimension

Evans_2The March edition of District Administration magazine explores the three-dimensional approach of the Next Generation Science Standards and how it will give teachers a “clearer picture of the reasoning their students are using to grasp key science concepts.” According to the article, “this more intensive level of assessment will be a critical tool for schools implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that are designed to boost STEM scores.”

The article includes insights from Dr. David Evans, NSTA executive director, and Peter McLaren, science and technology specialist for the Rhode Island Department of Education, and discusses the upcoming NSTA National Conference in Boston, April 3-6, where NGSS will take center stage.

Read the article here.

Learn more about the NGSS activities at the NSTA Boston conference here.


Dr. James McDonald Chosen as Curator

The February edition of Focus Magazine, published by Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services, recently spotlighted Dr. James McDonald, professor of science education, who was chosen by NSTA to serve as a curator for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Read the article here.


Brookline Teacher Named NGSS@NSTA Curator

A recent article in the Brookline, MA, newspaper, Wicked Local, features the work of Janet MacNeil as an NGSS@NSTA Curator. Janet is a K-8 science coordinator for the Brookline Public Schools and will identify resources related to ecosystems.

Read the article here.

NSF Awards $2.9 Million to Develop Next Generation Classroom Assessments

According to a press release, the National Science Foundation has awarded $2.9 million to the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University, the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International, and the Concord Consortium to develop a new system of classroom assessments that align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The four-year, collaborative grant will enable the groups to create a dramatically different system that includes new task templates, assessment items, and lesson rubrics that integrate technology and advanced psychometric models to measure student performance under NGSS.

Read the press release here.

Meet NGSS@NSTA Curator Nicole Vick

nicolevickIn a Feb. 3 article in the Galesburg Register Mail in Illinois, reporter Allison Goodrich conducts and Q&A with Nicole Vick to discuss her work as an NGSS@NSTA curator. Nicole is one of 55 curators chosen out of over 650 applicants nationwide to identify and vet outstanding resources, lessons, videos, and other materials to help teachers implement the NGSS. The resources will be linked to individual performance expectations and available this spring for FREE right here on the NGSS@NSTA Hub.

Read the article about Nicole Vick here:

Meet all 55 of the NGSS@NSTA curators here:

Photo Credit: STEVE DAVIS/The Register-Mail

Illinois Board of Ed Votes to Adopt NGSS

IL imageOn Thur, Jan 23, the Illinois state board of education voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. A review by a legislative committee is needed to formalize the vote, but all indications are that the state will become the 10th to adopt behind Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Vermont, California, Delaware, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

According to a blog post in Education Week, Oregon could be the next state to adopt.

Click here to read blog post in Education Week

District of Columbia Adopts the NGSS

In an 8-0 vote on Dec. 18, the Washington DC Board of Education voted to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, bringing the total count of adopting states to 9. Adopting states include Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Vermont, California, Delaware, Washington, and the District of Columbia. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director, gave testimony to the DC Board in November urging them to adopt the new standards. To read the a blog post about the testimony, click here.

To read an Education Week blog post about the DC adoption, click here.